52Frames: Details - Jason Doss

52Frames: Details

This week's primary theme is "Details," and the secondary theme is "Macro Lens."

Details could indicate a close up or macro shot of something to show minute surface intricacies, or an attempt to do some story telling by highlight an object or scene on a larger background in such a way as to show that object's relationship to everything else in the frame.

One of the examples given in the challenge email was sweat beads on someone's head on the background of a summer day, or a sporting event, or a work site.  I suppose even on the head of a defendant would tell a pretty good story by highlighting details, wouldn't it?

I've really got to change how I approach these challenges.  It's becoming a hard to miss fact that many of my entries are last minute panicky attempts at shoehorning a photo into the theme on Sunday afternoon.  This week, I already had a decent shot I took on Saturday, one I had kind of envisioned to some degree, but didn't execute as well as I'd have liked for 52Frames.

Saturday afternoon was mild, overcast, and a relatively poor day for landscape photography, however that's the day we went hiking.  We explored two new places:  Sam's Throne near Mt. Judea in Newton County, and Pedestal Rocks just over the Pope County border to the south.  Both are USGS National Forest lands with hiking trails, and Sam's Throne has primitive campsites (ie, no electricity, so you can't park your RV and do the same shit you do at home, except for mowing the lawn).

Above is a shot taken at Pedestal Rocks.  They were interesting, and probably would have been more interesting had the foliage not been so thick.  There were only a few photo opportunities here, and this was one.  The park itself looks like it has been abandoned by the feds since the 60s.  There were barricades made of stone and logs that I'm sure looked great once upon a time, but were decomposed to the point of uselessness, and in some cases, complete disintegration.  Watch your step!

This was the photo I submitted, taken with my K-1 mII and SMC-K 24mm f/2.8 lens.  I regretfully forget the aperture (the most significant downside of using vintage lenses is this lack of complete EXIF info), but I think it was f/8.  I wanted the depth of field to include only the rock with details of lichenification thereupon.  The story I wanted to say was this expansive landscape is composed of individually unique microscopic details just like this for miles.             

Final word on this series. Although I did take this photo with the challenge in mind, I intended to use my 100mm macro lens for the task.  But I just plum forgot about it after we got to hiking.  

What's 52Frames? It's a weekly theme-based photography challenge that's been running for something like eight years now. The About page says that their philosophy is based on the "3 Cs, Creativity, Community, and Consistency." Creativity when time allows to produce some excellent results. Community comments on galleries posted on Facebook (ugh, facebook). And Consistency in practice of taking photos every week. All submitted photos are collated into a weekly album, and comments are welcome.

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